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I know a person that bought a Hyundai and I own a Nissan 2010 Versa HB. The South Koreans use very cheap parts and tires is what I've noticed. Maybe they are better today, but also consider the Versa has the cheapest insurance cost.
 

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I know a person that bought a Hyundai and I own a Nissan 2010 Versa HB. The South Koreans use very cheap parts and tires is what I've noticed. Maybe they are better today, but also consider the Versa has the cheapest insurance cost.
This is just flat out not true. I owned a 2008 hyundai accent for 5 years, was never in the shop once. Never had to use the 10 year warranty. Hands down the most reliable car I have ever owned. It was slow and boring to drive but it got from point a to point b with no issues. The interiors on the new Hyundais are very plasticky but the fit and finish is miles ahead of Nissan. You will know this the first time you try to take apart the dash to install a stereo.
 

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i dont know why all these reviewers bash on the CVT in the Note, i for one can barely hear it in the cabin when accelerating so im not sure where they get the whole "sounds like a cow" bit from, it's like they're trying to find something to complain about with the Note and as for hyundai, to the guy saying they are miles ahead of Nissan...that may be true of the old versa HB, but the Note is built pretty solid and personally having been inside one of the newer accent HB i was not impressed with the fit and finish, especially the back seat which i had to turn into a contortionist to fit into. sure hyundai has improved their reliability, but they still have a ways to go seeing as just about every genesis owner i've talked to has had issues with their manual transmissions going out on them.
 

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Hands down an accent SE with manual tranny over the note. More power, better warranty, equal mpgs, can be had with a manual transmission, looks better inside and out (my opinion).

Only thing I favor the Note over the accent is in rear seating space. Nothing can touch the note in this category. But I don't drive from the rear seat, my kids will fit in the accent for longer then I have the car, and in order to get that rear seating room you sacrifice trunk space. I hardly ever drive with anyone else and seem to use my trunk alot.

Accent would be a win for me.
 

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This is just flat out not true. I owned a 2008 hyundai accent for 5 years, was never in the shop once. Never had to use the 10 year warranty. Hands down the most reliable car I have ever owned. It was slow and boring to drive but it got from point a to point b with no issues. The interiors on the new Hyundais are very plasticky but the fit and finish is miles ahead of Nissan. You will know this the first time you try to take apart the dash to install a stereo.
Let me be specific. The tires were bad on the Hyundai. Even bought new, my friend says she hydroplaned all the time and would spin the tires at red lights or stop signs. She says she didn't feel safe driving it. As for other parts, her Hyundai name on the back fell off and the interior seats were uncomfortable and cheap. They offer a 10 year limited warranty BTW. The car did not feel solid to her.
 

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I had a 2010 Accent that I traded for my Versa.

The tires (Kumhos) were lousy. If the roads were wet, I'd spin like a dragster if I had to turn right at a stop sign. Lots of axle hop with the spinning, too. Hydroplaning was an issue as well. There are a couple of Accent blogs like this one, the guys there say its a miracle if all four tires made it past the first 20,000 miles. I had two internal separations of the rear tires in the 15,000 miles I had the Accent. They wore really badly even before my wreck. Hyundai insists on tire rotations "every 7500 miles and more frequently if unusual wear patterns develop".

Did you know that you can only adjust the toe-in alignment on the Accent. You can't adjust the camber on the front suspension. If the camber is beyond spec because you were in an accident (as I was) or hit a curb, you have to replace the bent suspension parts to make it right. The entire rear axle is one piece, no alignment possible there, either.

After my wreck at 9,000 miles, it started going through tires on the front every 2,000 miles, the tire size was hard to find at the used tire shops. I traded it after the third set of tires on the front wore down to the cord on the inner edge. The insurance company and the body shop insisted it was fixed correctly, too.

Mileage was disappointing, I usually get much better highway mileage than the EPA rating (my last highway trip in my Versa averaged 48 with the air off and an overall average of 60 mph on mostly rural highways), I never got higher than 37 with the Accent. My combined average was usually around 28-29. My combined with my Versa at the last fill-up was 36.8.

Oh, the Accent passenger seat airbag sensor broke after my very heavy friend (500+ pounds) rode with me. That hasn't happened with the Versa.

There's been lots of complaining about droning with the CVT in the Versa. They should try the Accent's droning on the highway because of the short final drive ratio. 3750 rpm at 70 mph.

It was...okay. I got what I paid for and the routine service at Hyundai was great. It's just that I get those same things with my Versa for something quieter with a softer ride and more space inside.
 

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I prefer the Versa Note over the Accent hatch. I like the Versa Note's looks better than the Accent hatch. The Versa Note's rear window is bigger than the Accent hatch, resulting in better visibility. The Versa Note's EPA MPG ratings are higher than the Accent's, plus my actual MPG figures are better than the EPA's.

On another topic, I liked the Accent hatch (and sedan) up to and including the 2011 model year but I don't like the 2012-present Accent sedan or hatch. The 2011 3-door hatch base model was $10k (of course with a 5M/T and no AC) but the current Accent is much more expensive, starting at over $15k. The 2011 hatch/sedan looked better than the current models.
 

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Accent hands down, not to mention it has a GT version (oops, that's the Elantra lol). Either way Accent hands down.
 

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I agree with red accent more power but more expensive same price as fiesta with 18 more hp probably best bang for the buck.
 

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Heck if he can effort a couple thousand more he can get a Fiesta ST lol
 

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I test drove every 2013 in the segment and narrowed it down to the 2013 Accent 5-door and the 2013 Versa Note and ended up purchasing the Versa Note. I am 6'5" and the Note had the best head and leg room so that was a major selling factor. Yes, the Versa Note is a little sluggish compared to the Accent, but oddly enough changing to a K&N Air Filter made a world of difference, much more responsive now. I am very happy 14K kilometres in.
 
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